Designer/ Architect: Klopper & Davis Architects / http://www.kada.com.au
Photographer: Angelita Bonetti
Products: Mutina Azulej Cubo Grigio 200×200
St Vincent’s was designed to look like a renovation – heavily drawing from 1970s modernist style, the intention of the architecture was more “childhood home” and evoking feelings of warmth and familiarity than creating a brand-new monolith.
The choice of tiling, Mutina’s Azulej Cubo Grigio (special-ordered directly from Italy for this project) for the bathroom was a perfect one. The Azulej series, designed by Patricia Urquiola for Mutina, is inspired by encaustic tile and ancient techniques for creating pattern on tile; the “cubo” geometric tile pattern a re-imagining of a classic print used throughout the 70s and commonly in retro design – reproduced in a denim blue, grey and charcoal for a striking pop of colour.
Unlike the encaustic tiles that inspired Urquiola for the Azulej series, these tiles are glazed porcelain – a product with such low porosity and strength that they are almost impervious to staining and wear. The tiles also feature a rectified edge – cut “perfectly straight” in the production process in order to minimise grout joins and create a more seamless, perfectly flat surface.